I will start at the beginning with the baby food- it will be hard to hold back since it can be so easy- and mostly rewarding.
Starting solids- when baby is ready. Meaning- showing interest when you eat, can sit up, etc. I rushed my first two into solids but got smart with the last two and held off as long as possible (or in my case the Dr. said they need solids- eh!). Between 4-6 months is the recommended ages but I have known people to do earlier and much later- and I will leave it at that.
The first baby food I give my babies- besides the organic commercial rice cereal (for the iron)- is avocado! Yum! Avocado is a great first food. It offers a nice healthy fat creating an amazing brain food, easy to digest, and high in calories.
--Make sure you wash your avocado before cutting into- you don't want to cut any pesky germs right into this wonderful creation you are providing for your baby. --Scoop out the "meat" and toss it in the blender with water to provide the appropriate consistency for your tiny little one- or older infant. --Blend blend blend once again reaching the appropriate consistency.
If you make a lot take advantage of your trusty ice cubes and pour it in there. Once it freezes toss it in a freezer bag and wahlah you have yourself individual servings that you can heat up when needed.
Another first food recommendation is bananas but I wait awhile on those. My reasons: too sweet and constipating.